Vlad advises clients in the areas of strategic patent procurement, patent portfolio management, and other related issues. He frequently counsels clients in the electronics, communications, computer, information technology, medical devices, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and healthcare industries.
Vlad advises clients on issues related to various data privacy laws, including HIPAA. Vlad leverages his strong technical knowledge in the areas of data transmission, analysis, storage, and security in helping clients determine the applicability of various data privacy laws to their products and services and in developing compliance programs.
Vlad also represents clients in patent infringement cases in federal district courts. He was a member of the Knobbe Martens team that defended Smith & Nephew against allegations of patent infringement and helped to ensure competition and patient choice in a multi-billion dollar wound treatment market. The details of this case are described in a Fortune Magazine article “The bloody patent battle over a healing machine.” In addition, Vlad represents clients in inter partes review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Vlad is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Before joining the firm, Vlad worked as a firmware engineer for St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division where he developed software, firmware, and hardware for implantable pacemakers and defibrillators. Before that, Vlad developed algorithms and firmware for cochlear implants at Advanced Bionics. He also has industry experience in website development and programming and IP telephony.
Vlad received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, summa cum laude, from UCLA, and also received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he served on the Hastings Law Journal. In his last year of law school, Vlad was a visiting student at the UCLA School of Law and served as an Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology.
Vlad joined the firm in 2008 and became partner in 2014.